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Did a Failure to Plan for Anti-Submarine Warfare Doom the Imperial Japanese Navy?
August 14, 2019

Did a Failure to Plan for Anti-Submarine Warfare Doom the Imperial Japanese Navy?

By Robert Farley
Anti-submarine warfare was a blind spot for Imperial Japan, with deadly results.

100 Years on From World War I: Lessons on Great Power Competition in East Asia
November 11, 2018

100 Years on From World War I: Lessons on Great Power Competition in East Asia

By Robert Farley
It's best to avoid repeating the mistakes made in the past.
Learning From the Battle of the Spratly Islands
March 20, 2018

Learning From the Battle of the Spratly Islands

By Koh Swee Lean Collin and Ngo Minh Tri
Vietnam fought China in the South China Sea before and it should be ready to do so again.

Remembering USS Lexington's Story in the Pacific War
March 07, 2018

Remembering USS Lexington's Story in the Pacific War

By Robert Farley
USS Lexington has been found.

Why the Battle of Midway Hasn't Captured Popular Culture
June 10, 2017

Why the Battle of Midway Hasn't Captured Popular Culture

By Robert Farley
As remarkable as the U.S. victory at Midway was, it has received little attention in popular culture.

The Big Lesson From the US Victory at the Battle of Midway, 75 Years Later
June 09, 2017

The Big Lesson From the US Victory at the Battle of Midway, 75 Years Later

By Robert Farley
Winning organizations take pains to maintain their flexibility in the face of technological and strategic changes.

The Pacific War Origins of US Special Operations Forces
May 15, 2017

The Pacific War Origins of US Special Operations Forces

By Robert Farley
The full flowering of special operations forces wouldn’t come until after Vietnam.
The Strategic Lessons of 1944's Battle of the Philippine Sea
August 01, 2016

The Strategic Lessons of 1944's Battle of the Philippine Sea

By Robert Farley
1944’s Battle of Philippine Sea holds some interesting lessons for how we think about military power.

Japan's Fearsome World War II-Era 'Zero' Fighter Takes to the Skies
January 29, 2016

Japan's Fearsome World War II-Era 'Zero' Fighter Takes to the Skies

By Ankit Panda
Plus, U.S. officials revise their opinion on North Korea's nuclear test, India steps up cyber cooperation, and more. Links.

How Asians Came to See the Seas and Naval Strategy Like the West
December 04, 2015

How Asians Came to See the Seas and Naval Strategy Like the West

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Asians' perceptions of seapower have changed over time, but not as much as you'd think.

When Americans Ruled Beijing
June 04, 2015

When Americans Ruled Beijing

By Franz-Stefan Gady
In the early 20th century, the U.S. briefly ruled parts of China and gained its first experience in coalition warfare.
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